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Learn to play the Ukulele or attend a concert
A friend stayed with me recently and within his luggage was his favourite Ukulele. I soon came to realise this small guitar like instrument was going to give us hours of instrumental music of a beautiful sound as I listened to my friend strumming the chords each night.
The Ukulele is a member of the "Lute" family of instruments and generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. The instrument originated in the 19th century as an Hawaiian interpretation of the Machete, which was a small guitar like instrument related to the Cavaquinho, Timple, Braguinha and the Rajao. Gaining great popularity during the 20th century in the United States, Ukuleue playing spread Worldwide. The tone and volume of the instrument varies with size, how it is constructed and comes in four sizes; soprano, concert, tenor and baritone.
Having acquired a pleasure of the sound of this quaint instrument, I wondered when I would ever hear it again when my friend returned home. Much to my pleasure I read that The Redlands Ukulele Festival is scheduled for the 13th and 14th June at various venues in Cleveland again this year. The Festival will include Ukulele workshops, concerts and general jam sessions across the weekend.
Concerts will be held on both Saturday and Sunday commencing at 12 Noon at "Sunshine on the Bay Restaurant" Cleveland at a cost of $20 which includes lunch and concert. A free Pre Concert Entertainment at 5.30pm at the Cleveland State School Hall with food and beverage vans on site followed by the sponsored Golden Cockerel Gala Concert from 6.30pm at the Cleveland State School Hall at a cost of $25 adults, $15 children and $60 for a family. Another free concert on Sunday is being held at the Cleveland Library Square from 9.00am. More details of who and when they are performing at the concerts can be read on their website.
The Ukulele Clubs of Redlands have combined to offer a bursary valued at $250 to a school student in the Redlands to help with furthering their ukulele playing. An application form can be located on the website.
Anyone wishing to learn how to play this wonderful instrument and looking for a club close to their suburb, can go to the directory website which gives all the details on contact numbers and location.
My pleasure will definitely be attending one of the concerts over the 13-14th June as I'm sure you will enjoy it too.